Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED by Hannah Moskowitz

There are a lot of reasons I'm excited for this book.

1) I love Hannah Moskowitz books like a fat kid loves cake. (My thoughts on Invincible Summer and Zombie Tag.)

2) So many people who don't normally get to see themselves in books are going to be able to identify with Etta. And I think lots of people can identify with not feeling like we fit exactly. Plus, diversity on the cover, FTW!

3) I love reading about ballet even though I'm not a ballerina.

4) I love when people who are very different teach each other things and grow together.


Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in
her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she's too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself? 

The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.



Okay, I just realized NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED came out yesterday, and I'm a dumbass. But also, YAY! That means I can buy it RIGHT. NOW.

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